Travel Information Madagascar
- FLAG 🇲🇬
- CAPITAL Antananarivo
- GOVERNMENT Republic
- CURRENCY ariary (MGA)
- POPULATION 21,095,469 (July 2007 est.)
- TOTAL AREA total: 587,040 km² (water: 5,500 km² land: 581,540 km²)
- LANGUAGES Malagasy (national & official) French (official)
- DECIMAL SYSTEM Madagascar uses metric system (kilograms, centimeters, °C)
- TIME ZONE Time zone is UTC+03:00
- LOCATION Madagascar is located in Eastern Africa
Most popular cities in Madagascar
- Antananarivo Capital city, always refered to as “Tana” by the locals.
- Antsiranana Capital of Diana region, one of the most colonized cites in Madagascar
- Andoany (also commonly known as Hell-Ville)
Sockets & Plugs
Madagascar uses 220V, 50Hz with sockets and plugs Type C and Type E.
Madagascar uses the Malagasy ariary (symbol: Ar), code MGA.
Banknotes come in denominations of 10000, 5000, 2000, 1000, 500, 200 and 100 ariary. Ariary is subdivided into 5 iraimbilanjas. Coins come in denominations of 50, 20, 10, 5, 4, 2 and 1 ariarys and 1 iraimbilanjas.
Automatic teller machines are rare in Madagascar. Your best bet is to look for them in large cities and community places.
You do not need a chip & PIN card to use an ATM — your standard magnetic card will work fine.
Not expected, but can leave extra tip
Tipping is usually not expected in Madagascar. However, if you are satisfied with the service provided you can show your appreciation by leaving a small ‘extra’ tip. Receipts might sometimes include a service charge. If there is a service charge there is no need to tip.
Internet speed in Madagascar is on average 3.3 Mbps.
WiFi coverage in Madagascar is very low. It’s quite hard to find one.
You can buy a SIM card for about 57,435.60 MGA, which includes 1 GB of data plan. You can choose from 3 telecoms: Orange, Airtel or Telma.
Madagascar uses GSM mobile networks GSM 900.
If you don’t want to buy SIM card in Madagascar upon arrival, make sure to check the roaming charges with your telecom provider before your departure so there are no surprises when you return home.
To call Madagascar, dial +, then 261 (the country code for Madagascar), then the area code (without the initial 0) and the local number.
High crime rate
Madagascar has a high crime rate . Keep large amounts of money, expensive jewellery, cameras and phones out of sight. Don’t change or withdraw large sums of money in busy public areas including foreign exchange facilities or ATMs. Thieves operate at international airports, and bus and railway stations. Keep your valuables safe and baggage with you at all times. Don’t pick up strangers or stop to help apparently distressed motorists, as this is a technique sometimes used by hijackers.
It’s highly recommended to follow security precautions like wearing a money belt, leaving valuables in your hotel room safe or well out of sight, securing your bag, staying vigilant in crowds and steering clear of commotions.
IDP is required
An International Driving Permit (IDP) is required alongside your original license. IDP can be issued by your local automobile association before you leave home
Rent a car
In order to rent a car:
- you must be over 25
- must hold a full license for at least a 1 year
- almost always have a credit card (Visa & MasterCard are the best)
Alcohol, drugs & prostitution
Prostitution is illegal (in a way of exchanging sex for money). Brothels are illegal.
Cannabis is illegal & criminalized
Drugs (including cannabis/marijuana) are illegal & criminalized which means you are risking jail time with other penalties (fine, community service, rehabilitation) if you are caught.
- Police 117
- Ambulance 124
- Fire department 118
- Traffic police 3600
Vaccinations listed are recommended
The following vaccinations listed for this country are recommended for your protection and to prevent the spread of infectious diseases.
- Typhoid fever
- Hepatitis A
- Yellow Fever
These apply only to select travelers or persons on work assignments.
- Hepatitis B
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